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Douro River Cruises

Explore Portugal’s stunning wine region, the Douro Valley

The Douro runs through one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside, flanked by vineyards under the warming Portuguese sun. Traditional wineries and charming villages break up the fields of green which typify the Douro region.  

Before reaching the Atlantic Ocean, the Douro dissects the ancient city of Porto on its final leg. The entire Portuguese nation owes its existence to the Douro, around which the country was founded. Our Secrets of the Douro river cruise starts and ends in Porto, offering a cultural bookend to a journey boasting beautiful scenery every step of the way.

With much of the region remaining untouched and unchanged over the past few centuries, the Douro Valley provides a wonderful step back in time. From the peaceful wineries producing Portugal’s much-loved port wine to the ancient Spanish city of Salamanca – the Douro is a rustic region of simple pleasures.  

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Custom-Built Douro River Cruises


In 2017, we introduced the magnificent Emerald Radiance, custom-built for river cruises along the Douro. Our most intimate ship to date, the Emerald Radiance has been designed to navigate the beautiful waters of the Douro, providing guests the chance to enjoy the captivating scenery and year-round good weather.

Boasting a generously-appointed open-air Sun Deck, the Emerald Radiance is the perfect place to watch the rolling hills of the Douro Valley pass by. Complete with The Terrace, an al fresco dining venue on the Sun Deck, the Emerald Radiance provides peaceful and enjoyable passage through this timeless waterway.

From the carefully-appointed suites and staterooms to the spacious public spaces, every inch of the Emerald Radiance has been designed for comfort and enjoyment. And the on-board team are on-hand to ensure that every aspect of your Douro river cruise is taken care of, from pairing delightful wines at meal times to answering any questions about the itinerary. 


From Design to Douro


This miraculous time-lapse showcases the impeccable care that goes into creating an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship - one of the most beautiful river cruising vessels in the world. Emerald Radiance took to the waves in Portugal in 2017, but the planning started many moons ago.

The Spectacular Douro Valley


As one of the continent’s foremost and best-loved wine-producing regions, the Douro Valley provides plentiful opportunities to sample delightful vintages. As part of Emerald Waterways’ Secrets of the Douro river cruise, you’ll be afforded exclusive opportunities to learn more about the ever-popular local produce and find your inner sommelier.

A tour of the Douro Museum is a must-do for wine lovers on-board the Emerald Radiance. Included as part of the Secrets of the Douro river cruise, this museum explores the region’s wine-making heritage and secrets. 

One of the undoubted highlights of the Secrets of the Douro river cruise is an EmeraldPLUS experience, a dinner in a Pinhão wine estate. Regional dishes and local wines provide an exceptional taste of local life as you raise a glass to toast the beauty of the Douro. 



Explore the Spectacular Douro Valley


Flowing from the heart of central Spain to the splendour of the Portuguese city of Porto, the Douro, one of the Iberian Peninsula’s major river highlights, is steeped in history, effortless beauty and enormous amounts of grandeur.
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